Group Policy: get computer name from the user (overlay background etc..)

Hi All,

I find myself continually having to guide the user to find out their computer name.

Any suggestion on the best way to get this information from users?

I was hoping it be possible to overlay the desktop background with the computer name.

Is this possible, or is there a better method?
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Look into bginfo.

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detox1978Author Commented:
I'd prefer not to randomly be running scripts i find on the net.  Do you have a link to knoe you know works?
Mike KlineCommented:
You could use something like bginfo from Microsoft and select the fields you want

I've seen that used on servers more than desktops but it works fine for desktops too.

I've also seen some organizations that have a program on the desktop that users can click and get that info.

One agency actually put the username in the computer name so it made it easy to find (not a perfect system because what if they are on a different PC)


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Joseph MoodyBlogger and wearer of all hats.Commented:
In our environment, we change the computer shortcut under the start menu from "Computer" to "Computer: %COMPUTERNAME%"

Check out this link on how to do it:
bginfo is a Microsoft product. You can download it, then deploy the files out to the workstations (or use a netlogon share if necessary, not recommended) then run the run it, select your settings, save as Whatever.BGI, then create a shortcut to the EXE and add this to the path, drop that in the AllUsersProfile - Startup folder on their machines and you will be good to go. Example:

c:\bginfo\bginfo c:\bginfo\bginfo.bgi /timer:00 /NOLICPROMPT <-add that
Joseph MoodyBlogger and wearer of all hats.Commented:
We also write the current logged on user to the Managed By field for the computer object. This way, if a user submits a tech request, we can see what computer they are logged into by searching AD. This is useful for request of software installations. We add the computer to the correct software distribution group and then email the user that the software has been deployed.

You can see how to write the current logged on user to the Managed By field with this link:
bginfo is not a random script available on the net. It works great if you want to deploy through your network via GPO.
Well, do you think your users are able to press winkey+pause simultaneously when asked? Shows that name, too.
DonNetwork AdministratorCommented:
^That would be too easy^   LOL
You can use DesktopInfo to diplay various info on desktop which are realtime, also it does not consume much space in memory.

You can deploy this on all your desktop, laptops and servers.
detox1978Author Commented:
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